Reviews and Problems with Sigma APO 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM
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StephenR, B&H Photo
22 August 2014
Excerpt: This lens is great for wildlife photography. The ability to get up and close to your subject at the wide range of this lens is great, and being able to really reach out there on the telephoto end is great. It's a lens that you can keep on your camera and cover just about any situation. It's on the heavy side, but it's just so versatile, it's worth the weight.
Pros: Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I have looked for a long time, to find a lens that will work for most of the pictures that I do with out changing all the time. I have had this lens for couple of weeks. It is so awesome, I shoot baseball and a lot of different activities. I believe. This is one of the most usable lens I have.
Excerpt: So far I used it to shoot parade, wedding, surprise engagement, and football game. Image quality is about 95% of Canon's 100-400 L series lens. Unless you're shooting for National Geographic, it won't be obvious for your clients, but extra zoom on both ends will be. On my 7D image quality and sharpness are very good all the way through 400mm, and still good at 500. Focusing speed and accuracy is about the same as mentioned Canon.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Huge zoom range, Rugged, Strong Construction
Summary: This lens is one 0 less than equivalent red-ring lenses of the same length. I've been using it for over a year now, and I'm QUITE happy with my purchase. Now, this is a 500mm lens. Handholding it is like handholding a small telescope. If you have a good tripod, it will perform, in adequate light situations. It's a bit slow, both in Fstop, and in IS mode, which makes the tripod even more necessary.
Summary: I was looking for a long telephoto lens to use with my Sony E-mount cameras (A6000 and A7r), and looks like only Sigma makes those for Sony stabilized (A-mount). The Sony 70-400 is not stabilized relying on the A-mount cameras IBIS, Tamron simply cripples their A-mount lenses by disabling the stabilization - I would call it a pinnacle of stupidity.
Excerpt: This is my third Sigma zoom lens. And this 50-500mm is a keeper! The prior lenses were 135-400mm and 120-400mm. The 50-500mm blows the others out of the water. The focus is much faster and a lot less searching. And the focus is correct with no in camera compensation (Pentax K-3). The images you take with this lens are impressive. Everyone else's examples of focus and image sharpness are true and factual.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Wasn't sure exactly what this lens would be like when I ordered it. First thing you notice is that its huge and heavy (heavy usually = quality). When you attach the lens hoods this lens looks like a telescope. At 500mm I was thinking there would be no way I could hand hold it and get sharp photos, but wow was I wrong. Even fully extended to 500mm and shooting wide open my photos are crisp.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, OS, Range, Value